Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Our class is now a one-to-one computing environment. We received our new surfaces today.

Our class has been selected to be in a Microsoft video about technology in education. In your child's Tuesday packet today, there is a release form giving permission for your child to appear in the video. More information will be coming about when we will be video taping.

Please remember to bring in your canned food and toy donations for the ASB canned food and toy drive.

If your child needs to work on his or her Hero's journey narrative, he or she can log in to office 365 from the Kent School District website under for families and frequently used links. You can also use this link:

The students log in and password is the same as they would use for logging in at school.

Remember, late start tomorrow! See everyone at 10:45!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am so thankful for your children and the great class we have this year. Everyone has been working so hard and learning so much. A group of us learned a very important life skill today. We learned to play the card game, speed. Have a restful and relaxing weekend!

Monday, November 23, 2015

It is a short week, but we've got lots to do! We enjoyed our art lesson this morning using oil pastels and watercolors. We learned to be avant guard like the Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky.

We will be finishing up our Hero's Journey narratives this week, as well as practicing our addition, subtraction and multiplication of decimals.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Learning to divide mixed numbers and fractions was a might challenging today. When helping your child with problem set #8 tonight, please remind them that only the second fraction is inverted, and that the fractions need to stay in their original order. There was a lot of strange switching around of fractions after recess today.

Please check with your child about his or her reading log. Reading logs are due tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We have  been super efficient in class the last few days. The lack of homework is the result. Everyone has been working hard and getting the classwork and the homework done. There is still 20 minutes of reading and a reading log entry to do though.

In tonight's Tuesday packet, there is a 6th grade camp fundraising survey. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and return it to school either Wednesday or Thursday. If your child returns the survey by Thursday, he or she will earn a smencil!

Monday, November 16, 2015

We are starting our Explorers mini project. Today, your child worked on choosing a European explorer to research. We will be spending the next week and a half researching and presenting information about these explorers.

Today in math, we worked on contextualizing division problems. In other words, we wrote stories to go with division equations. This sounds like, "Mrs. Haury is making brownies. If the recipe calls for 1/8 pound of baker's chocolate, and she has 1/2 a pound of baker's chocolate, how many batches of brownies can Mrs. Haury make?"

We also started drafting our Hero's Journey narratives today. If you want to see what your child has written, have him or her log in to the Office 365 account and show you!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I hope everyone had a restful Veterans Day and found a way to remember and thank those who serve our country. The class is itching to start writing their Hero's Journey narratives. Please ask your child to give you a summary of what his or her story will be about.

Today, we divided fractions by fractions, and discussed why 13/10 divided by 2/10 is 6 1/2. Be sure to ask about that at dinner tonight.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We enjoyed the Veterans Day Assembly this morning put on by Mr. Wills and the Choir.

We have started the pre-writing process for the Hero's Journey Narrative project. There are 2 graphic organizers and a  page of questions to start thinking about and working on to plan for our drafts. The pages do not need to be completed completely, but your child should spend some time thinking about the narrative and making notes.

Today we divided whole numbers by fractions. Thursday, we will divide fractions by fractions. If you know the flip and multiply rule, please help your child to use the models to make the connection about why the flip and multiply rule works.

Happy Veterans Day! See everyone back at school on Thursday.

Monday, November 9, 2015

We started Module 2 in math today, "Arithmetic operations including division of fractions."  We also chose independent reading books from the mythology unit to start reading. This week, we will be preparing to write our "Hero's Journey" Narratives with some pre-writing exercises. I put the seed in their brains today that they were going to be writing their own narratives, so their brains would start thinking about the stories.

Thursday, November 5, 20Announcements15

Yay! 100% of the class turned in their reading logs today! No reading log assignment next week!

We just finished our first unit in math, and I am so pleased with the results of our end of module assessment. Everyone worked hard in this unit and learned a lot about ratios!

We have also just finished a literary analysis essay. The class has worked very, very hard on their writing and thinking. They found a common theme between their expert myth and Percy Jackson, found evidence to support their thinking from both texts, and concluded with why this all importany for today. If you would like to read your child's essay, have them log into office 365 from the "for families" link on the Kent School District Website. Your child's username is sn(their student number) and the password is their student number.  For example, and the password would be 123456. Ask your child to help you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Here's the deal. If 100% of the class turns in their reading logs tomorrow, we will not have reading logs next week. But it has to be EVERYONE!!!!

Remember, there is no school on Friday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tonight's Math homework is a ratio practice test. We will be having a real module test tomorrow. Even though there are 30 questions on the practice test, most of them are very short answer or multiple choice. This is an opportunity for your child to see where he or she is in regards to meeting the learning targets for the ratio module.

Please encourage your child to complete his or her reading log entry for tonight.

We have been learning to use a OneNote notebook in ELA. Today, we learned about pronouns and the types of pronouns.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Welcome to November! Our class goal is to have 100% of kids turn in their reading logs this week. Please check with your child and encourage him or her to do the reading and complete the reading logs.


Friday, October 30, 2015

I think this was the most mellow Halloween party in my 17 years of teaching. We enjoyed our potluck and movie. 

Be safe Trick or Treating!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Please send your potluck item for the party tomorrow and remind your child to turn in his or her reading log.

Wednesday, October 27, 2015

School pictures came in today. If you ordered pictures, please check with your child.

Full moon, late start and Halloween....'nough said.

Please remember to send in the potluck items on Friday for our party.

Monday, October 26, 2015

There is a full moon this week and it is Halloween! Even 6th graders are affected by all the excitement!

Be sure to join class dojo if you haven't done it yet.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thank you to everyone that came to their conference. I enjoyed meeting with all of you and sharing your children's strengths and goals.

We will be having a potluck party on Friday, October 30.  Please send something to the party if you are able. Treats, napkins, plates and cups are all appreciated. Please be mindful of students will nut allergies. All food should be store-bought.

Students may wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Costumes should follow the school dress code, be culturally sensitive, and not depict violence or gore. Students that have inappropriate costumes will be asked to change.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Today we had an art lesson in the style of Modigliani. He was an Italian artist who's portraits had elongated proportions. We drew portraits in this style using chalk. They will be hanging up for parents to view at conferences next week.

In ELA, we wrote drafts of our analytical mini-essays. The class did great work finding evidence of the elements of mythology and the theme of the myth.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Today's ELA lesson was REALLY HARD!! Today, we had to find the theme for the Prometheus myth, which was not exactly obvious. Good work to the 6th graders though, for having persistence and struggling with the ideas until we were able to infer some plausible themes. By the way, some possible themes for the myth of Prometheus are; sacrifice and pride.

Tomorrow, we will start our analytical mini-essays about the elements of mythology and the theme of Prometheus.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Way to go 6th Grade! Our class ROCKED the unit 1 mid-module assessment in math! There were so many 3s and 4s, I am so proud of how hard everyone worked!

Please review the exit tickets and mid-module assessment with your child. He or she should make corrections to the problems he or she missed. Then, sign and return the test analysis form to school.

We've also been working on a little writing pre-assessment. We are quickly approaching the end of Module 1 in ELA, and the students will be asked to write a narrative story that follows the Hero's Journey.

Remember, next week is conference week. School is dismissed at 11:58 all week.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In tonight's Tuesday packets is the conference confirmation sheet. Please confirm the conference appointment and return the lower portion of the sheet to school.

We've been quite efficient with our class time today. Although there is homework listed, most of the kids finished their work in class.

Reading Logs will be due on Thursday this week.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Plotting points on the coordinate plane is a very important skill for 6th grade. We will be using this skill in our work with ratios tomorrow, and later on in the year, with geometry. When helping your child, remember the x-axis coordinate is listed first and the y-axis coordinate is listed second. Sometimes, we just have to practice a skill over and over until we feel comfortable with the new skill. The coordinate art gives the students the opportunity to practice plotting points while creating a picture. Persistence and patience are required to successfully complete this project.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I can hardly believe we've been in school a month! I am working to schedule your child's goal setting conference. As you are discussing goals for the year with your child, start thinking about your child's strengths and areas for improvement in reading, writing and math.

We've been watching CNN student news each day. This is a news program designed for middle and high-schoolers. It approaches current events in an accessible way. You can watch the daily episodes of CNN student news at

Today on the news, we learned that kolas have fingerprints similar to human fingerprints. Not everything has to be deep.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

There is kinda a bunch of homework tonight, especially for math. We had trouble getting focused on math today. I am going to blame it on the effects of the full moon. In math, we are comparing ratios. It is important that either the first number in the ratios or the second number in the ratio are the same in order to compare them, just like with fractions.

Your student can also check his or her comments on the paragraph from yesterday.  Your child can log in to with their student numbers and check the lesson 12 paragraph.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Please check in with your student that he or she is completing the reading log assignment and turning it in each week.

If your child has misplaced the reading log form, you may download and print the reading log from the documents section of my webpage.

 Those of us that turned in our reading logs today enjoyed a little bit of free time this afternoon.

Have a great weekend! Go Hawks!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

In math today, we learned that the value of a ratio is written as a fraction in lowest terms. Please help your child set up the ratio problems like you would for finding equivalent fractions. Ratios are not actually fractions, but the calculations behind equivalent fractions and equivalent ratios are the same.

As a topic of conversation, you can ask your child about how Percy Jackson is on the hero's journey.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We learned today that the value of a ratio is the ratio written as a fraction. For example, if the ratio is 1 to 2, the value is 1/2.

No other deep thoughts today.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

In your child's Tuesday packet tonight is the student information and emergency dismissal paperwork. Please fill out the appropriate information and return the paperwork to school.

I sent out my first group email to all of the parents in our class today. If you did not receive this email, or you would rather not receive group emails, please let me know and I will add or delete you from the list as appropriate.

Today, we solved problems with two different ratios. Please encourage your child to draw the tape diagrams when solving these problems. The visual representation makes the problems much easier to think about and solve.

I apologize for being late with my webpage update today. Thank you for your patience.

Monday, September 21, 2015

We have been working hard on RACE - ing when answering questions in ELA. RACE stands for:

R-restate the question

A -answer the question

C-cite evidence from the text

E - end by tying it all together with an inference or observation.

In the coming week, we will be using this technique to write literary analysis paragraphs.

In math, we have been solving problems using tape diagrams.

Friday, September 18, 2015

It has been another successful week here in 6th grade. We learned the word archetype today, which means model or example. We have begun discussing how Percy Jackson follows the archetype of a hero and finding evidence from our novels and a non-fiction article.

In math, we have started using tape diagrams to solve ratio problems. No math homework this weekend.

If you have not turned in your Library permission slip, please do so by Monday, or you will not be able to check out on Tuesday.

Thank you to everyone that has turned in the conference request form. I will take requests for conference appointments until September 30.

Have a great weekend! Go Hawks!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Most of us finished up our first round of iReady testing today. I will be sharing the results of this assessment with you at fall conferences.

We had a citizenship lesson today about using empathy to understand how someone else might be feeling and we practiced our active listening skills.

The students all said they would continue to practice their active listening skills when eating family dinners.

We also learned how to make equivalent ratios using tape diagrams and multiplication today.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tonight is Curriculum Night! I hope to see all of the parents from 6:00 to 8:00. Come find out what we will be learning about this year in 6th grade!

Sixth-grade needs you! I am still in need of a Tuesday packet volunteer. Please let me know if you are able to help!

The students are really enjoying the first ELA unit, Myths: Not just long ago. We are well into our novel study, Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief.

Great job everyone on getting your homework done and turned in every day!

You can find electronic copies of the monthly newsletters, some assignments, and other documents for class on the Documents tab of my webpage.